Obama lied on campaign trail about respecting state marijuana laws

You may remember that, while on the campaign trail, Barack Obama openly promised to respect state medical marijuana laws, and not trample on individual rights in this matter. But like many of his other promises, this one was clearly a lie, as there have been more raids on marijuana dispensaries under Obama’s watch than there have been under any previous president who served during times when such dispensaries existed.

“Since October 2009, the Justice Department has conducted more than 170 aggressive SWAT-style raids in nine medical marijuana states, resulting in at least 61 federal indictments, according to data compiled by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), an advocacy group,” wrote Lucia Graves from the Huffington Post back in April.

In a effort to stop this tyranny, a bipartisan effort has been launched in the form of an amendment to H.R. 5326, a key appropriations bill that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment, authored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca.), Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), Sam Farr (D-Ca.), and Tom McClintock (R-Ca.), would prohibit federal funds from being used to interfere with medical marijuana laws in individual states where it has been legalized.

“The Rohrabacher-Hinchey-Farr-McClintock Medical Marijuana Amendment seeks to put scarce federal law enforcement resources to better use,” says ASA. “The amendment specifically prohibits the Department of Justice from using appropriated funds to interfere with the implementation of medical cannabis laws in states that have approved such use.”

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